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BART Discount Card




Background  |  Who is eligible?  |  How does it work?  |  How do I sign up?  |  For Airline Employees  



BART fares to and from SFO include a $4.25 per trip Airport surcharge (as of October 2015).  The fare is too high for daily commuting.

That’s why SFO proposed to BART that they eliminate the surcharge for Airport-badged employees (except airline employees that have their own discount).  SFO pledged to cover any resulting BART revenue losses.  BART agreed, and the resulting fare reduction was so successful that Airport employee ridership on BART more than doubled, with BART revenue growth not far behind.  No Airport financial support was necessary.  

You can join the relaxed employees that commute affordably on BART, leaving the driving to someone else.  For example, if you travel from Civic Center to SFO, the public fare is currently $8.65 each way. The SFO employee fare, after the Airport surcharge is removed, is just $4.40 each way.  But there’s more.  BART kicks in a 6.67% bonus each time your BART SFO Discount Card is charged, so your out-of-pocket cost drops to $4.13, less than half the public fare.

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Who is Eligible?

SFO and tenant employees and volunteers – except airline employees - with an SFO issued security badge, regardless of level of access. 

You are not eligible if you don’t have an SFO-issued security badge (some rental car company, catering, and other non-terminal employees may be in this category).

Airline employees are covered under a different BART discount plan.  Please contact your company’s HR office as described at the end of this document.

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How does it work?

SFO BART Discount Card

All participants will receive a physical discount card from BART with a copy of their picture from their SFO badge. The picture will be copied from the SFO badge database as part of the registration process. You’ll use the BART SFO Discount Card to activate the BART fare gates, instead of a Clipper Card or paper fare card.

You’ll have to link a credit or debit card to participate in the program, as follows:

  • Link a credit card or bank (non-PIN) debit card
  • Link a payroll deduction debit card if you work for a participating employer (offers tax savings)

City and County of San Francisco employees can link a Wage Works payroll deduction Visa card.  If you work for an Airport tenant, check with your HR department to see if a similar program is offered.

Then, take advantage of a BART bonus. Whenever the balance on your BART Discount Card drops below $10, BART will charge $45 to your credit or debit card.  Each time, they’ll add $3 so you get $48 in fare value.  Also, your travel between SFO and Millbrae (Caltrain connection) is completely free once the initial $45 has been charged to your account.  That value can be used to travel between other BART stations, or refunded when you leave Airport employment or choose to stop commuting on BART.

There is a one-time additional $20 setup fee for the BART SFO Discount Card, which will pay for itself in no time.

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How do I sign up?

For eligible Airport Commission and non-Airline employees, you will need the following to sign-up:

  • A computer with internet access
  • Your SFO-issued security ID badge
  • A valid debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo (such as a payroll deduction card), or a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express)
  • An e-mail address
  • If you don’t have a computer, you can use the computer terminal at the information booth located outside the BART station in the International Terminal. There are also two computers available at the Employee Café on the Departures Level of Terminal 1.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://ezrider.bart.gov
  2. Read the FAQ and tutorial.
  3. Verify your eligibility by inputting your first and last name exactly as shown on your SFO ID badge, as well as the UPID code found on the back of the badge.  Press submit.
  4. If the sign-up page does not appear, your information is not accessible to BART.  If you’re a new employee, you’ll need to wait 1-2 days for the Security Access Office to process it..
  5. If you still can’t sign up, send an e-mail to transit.credit@flysfo.com, including your name as shown on your security badge, your UPID code, and your employer.  We’ll follow up with Airport IT and BART.
  6. Read and accept the privacy policy and license agreements.
  7. Submit your personal information and payment card details.  You can also choose to use your credit or debit card to pay for BART parking.
  8. You will be charged $20 for the one-time administrative fee.
    • For Airport Commission Employees - The Airport Commission reimburses you for the $20 charge. Send a Field Expense Report along with a copy of your BART discount card transaction record to Anny Lee in Accounting.
    • For other City and Tenant Employees, please check with your Human Resources department to find out if your company will reimburse this expense.
  9. Once your Discount Card arrives by mail, you’ll need to activate it.  Follow the instructions from BART.  You may need to wait one day before using the SFO Discount Card to enter the BART system.
  10. $45 will be charged to your credit or debit card when you first use the SFO discount card to enter the BART system, and a $3 bonus will be added (see above).
  11. Enjoy your savings!

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For Airline Employees

Contact your supervisor or Human Resources liaison to sign up for the Airline version of the SFO BART Discount Card.

If your airline does not participate in the program, your HR liaison or manager needs to contact the following BART liaison:

Mr. Sreenivasan Chandrakumar
Manager, Credit and Debit Fare Programs
BART Treasury
300 Lakeside Drive, 22nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612 
(510) 464-6970

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